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Is the TOEFL for Me?

Question: I was born in Japan, but I moved to America when I was six months old. I consider English to be my first language, although I am not an American citizen or permanent resident. Am I still viewed by colleges as an international student? If so, do I need to take the TOEFL?

No, you don't have to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Occasionally students in your situation will do so because they think that having a high score will work in their favor at admission-decision time. However, as you can imagine, admission officials simply ignore such results because they don't consider English to be a second language. Presumably, your SAT or ACT scores will show your proficiency in English, too.

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